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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival expands

Fans of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will have almost two extra weeks next year to get their eat and drink on, as the 2017 event has been expanded.

The popular event will take place Aug. 31 through Nov. 13 next year, running a record 75 days, Walt Disney World leaders announced Friday.

This year's event was the longest-ever with 62 days of cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef and specialty events at the theme park. It kicked off Sept. 14 and ended Nov. 14.

The annual festival also features the Eat to the Beat concert series, a chance for guests to see popular musical acts scheduled to perform multiple concerts a day. Featured artists this year included Hanson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Chaka Khan among the 26 scheduled performers.

During the festival, Epcot's World Showcase adds to its food and drink options from around the globe with temporary kiosks that include fare from countries and destinations not permanently featured.

The park's 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place during 90 days, from March 1 to May 29. Epcot also will add an International Festival of the Arts, which will run during six weekends plus Fridays and Mondays between Jan. 13 and Feb. 20. That means the park is in some kind of festival mode for about half of the year.


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